There are so many changes in my mind and heart. New ideas, new directions, difficult decisions. On top of this I have been “cooking with whole foods” like mad…most days see me spending hours cooking and then almost as much time cleaning. I’m hoping as we develop our rhythm and these new recipes become more habitual the time it takes will lessen. At least I know we’re eating well and healthy! My gluten-free banana and muffin recipes to come!
Alas, I can’t yet discuss much of these shifts so I’ll leave you with my much coveted laundry soap recipe. If you google “make laundry soap” you’ll come up with lots.
I use one giant ice cream bucket to hold it (one gallon??) and mine works fine with HE washers…
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 bar plain white soap (I use a goat milk one, glycerine soaps dont’ work, make sure the colour won’t stain clothes and the smell is ok, you can always add essential oils)
3/4 full of warm water ice cream bucket
essential oils if desired (orange is nice)
grate half bar laundry soap into medium saucepan, with about 1/2 cup warm water. Gently heat, stirring occasionally until soap has fully dissolved. Dump into ice cream bucket 3/4 full with warm water, add washing soda and about 5-10 drops essential oil (optional), stir. Allow to cool. we use a half cup or so per large wash. You will want to keep a long-handled wooden spoon nearby as the cold causes it to separate and it often needs a stir. Once in a while use vinegar rinse to prevent stiffness/buildup. some folks like to add borax.
This costs us pennies a load and is relatively environmentally friendly. One tub lasts us at least a month and that’s with cloth diapers in the mix!